I really have to see it a few more times to really get a better feeling for it. It was the same with the first movie. To me, the changes from page to screen almost overshadow the rest of the movie. I just have to accept that it's Peter Jackson's version of it. It's not so much a sequal as continuation of the same story. It just can't be constrained into one movie theater sitting. I encourage everyone to see the Special Edition of Fellowship because it is a more comlete movie than the theatrical version. I assume the 2nd movie will be the same.
I just find it really exciting to finally see these things on the big screen after loving this story all of my life.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.